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The House Of Special Purpose

Author : John Boyne
ISBN : 9781409081982
Genre : Fiction
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Russia, 1915: Sixteen year old farmer's son Georgy Jachmenev steps in front of an assassin's bullet intended for a senior member of the Russian Imperial Family and is instantly proclaimed a hero. Rewarded with the position of bodyguard to Alexei Romanov, the only son of Tsar Nicholas II, the course of his life is changed for ever. Privy to the secrets of Nicholas and Alexandra, the machinations of Rasputin and the events which will lead to the final collapse of the autocracy, Georgy is both a witness and participant in a drama that will echo down the century. Sixty-five years later, visiting his wife Zoya as she lies in a London hospital, memories of the life they have lived together flood his mind. And with them, the consequences of the brutal fate of the Romanovs which has hung like a shroud over every aspect of their marriage...
Category: Fiction

The House Of Special Purpose

Author : John C. Trewin
ISBN : UOM:39015066034714
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Reconstructs the final days and hours of the Romanovs, as recorded by the Englishman who was their tutor
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Tchekov At The House Of Special Purpose

Author : R. Johns
ISBN : 1760622729
Genre : Historical drama, Russian
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To Moscow! To Moscow! What are you waiting for? The Reds -- once the powerless, now the powerful. The Whitesonce the absolute rulers, now the powerless. The former Tsar and his family are imprisoned by the Bolsheviks in a provincial house. It is a fact the Romanov girls performed Chekhov to pass the time under house arrest. But what happens in this last house of existential chaos, youth versus age, hope versus paranoia, and love versus fear? R. Johns new play juxtaposes fragments of Chekhovs Three Sisters with the Revolution, and asks the question: change, but at what cost?
Category: Historical drama, Russian

The House Of Special Purpose

Author : Christopher Hyde
ISBN : 9781101658208
Genre : Fiction
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Christopher Hyde continues to carve an indelible niche in the world of international thrillers. This WWII story is filled with actual events, historical figures, and a true-to-life atmosphere and intrigue that pull the reader in and don’t let go. November 1941. Freelance news photographer Jane Todd and Scotland Yard detective inspector Morris Black are recruited by Wild Bill Donovan of the OSS. Their orders are to trace an artifact rumored to exist from the bloody days of the Bolshevik Revolution. The missing relic may hold the key to forging or destroying the balance of power in the war that is sure to involve the U.S. As the long-cold trail heats up for Jane and Black, close on their heels are a brutal Nazi assassin, a mysterious countess with a very shady past, and the lethally charming head of NKVD operations in America. “Hyde’s storytelling is pure genius.”—New York Daily News “[Hyde] draws tension with the skill of a surgeon.”—New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly
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In The Steps Of The Romanovs

Author : Helen Azar
ISBN : 1986893278
Genre : Forensic osteology
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By 1916, Russia had been involved in the First World War for almost two years, and events were about to take a tumultuous turn. Tsar Nicholas II was forced to abdicate his throne, and what followed was a struggle that neither he, nor most of his nearest were destined to survive. This volume offers an accurate glimpse into the final two years of the last Imperial Family of Russia: exclusively through their own diary entries and personal correspondence, supplemented by contemporary eyewitness accounts, many of which are published here in English for the first time. The reader will get to know on a deeper level the Grand Duchesses and the Empress, as they work at Tsarskoe Selo infirmaries; witness the imperial family's grief for their murdered "Friend" Grigori Rasputin; experience their arrest after the outbreak of revolution, and follow them into captivity in Siberia - and ultimately the Red Ural - where they meet their tragic end in the cellar of "The House of Special Purpose." This already familiar unique piece of history is individually told by Nicholas, Alexandra and their five children: Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexei. Their collective personal story is a portrayal of a united family bound together by love, hardship and tragedy, taking place during the twilight of an extraordinary bygone era. Richly illustrated with hundreds of photographs, this book is a valuable companion to the G.E.T. Educational Tour: In the Steps of The Romanovs.
Category: Forensic osteology

A Romanov Fantasy

Author : Frances Welch
ISBN : 0393065774
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Profiles the woman who, for sixty years, claimed to be Russia's Grand Duchess Anastasia, discussing the famous murder of Russia's royal family, the evidence debunking her claim, and the people who lent support to her fantasy.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Kitchen Boy

Author : Robert Alexander
ISBN : 1101200367
Genre : Fiction
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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient), directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters) Drawing from decades of work, travel, and research in Russia, Robert Alexander re-creates the tragic, perennially fascinating story of the final days of Nicholas and Alexandra Romanov as seen through the eyes of their young kitchen boy, Leonka. Now an ancient Russian immigrant, Leonka claims to be the last living witness to the Romanovs’ brutal murders and sets down the dark secrets of his past with the imperial family. Does he hold the key to the many questions surrounding the family’s murder? Historically vivid and compelling, The Kitchen Boy is also a touching portrait of a loving family that was in many ways similar, yet so different, from any other. "Ingenious...Keeps readers guessing through the final pages." —USA Today
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Author : Helen Rappaport
ISBN : 9781409061472
Genre : History
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A vivid and compelling account of the final thirteen days of the Romanovs, counting down to the last, tense hours of their lives. On 4 July 1918, a new commandant took control of a closely guarded house in the Russian town of Ekaterinburg. His name was Yakov Yurovsky, and his prisoners were the Imperial family: the former Tsar Nicholas, his wife Alexandra, and their children, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexey. Thirteen days later, at Yurovsky's command, and on direct orders from Moscow, the family was gunned down in a blaze of bullets in a basement room. This is the story of those murders, which ended 300 years of Romanov rule and began an era of state-orchestrated terror and brutal repression.
Category: History